David J. Kearney
Professor Emeritus
Division of Gastroenterology

Faculty Information


Dr. Kearney’s current studies examine the role of mindfulness training as a clinical intervention. His ongoing studies examine the effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating behaviors, food intake, physical symptoms and overall quality of life. He is also the principal investigator on a study which examines the ability to cultivate positive emotions in patients with a history of severe trauma and PTSD.

Board Certifications:

  • Gastroenterology, 1995, American Board of Internal Medicine
Education & Training: 
Fellowship in Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Residency in Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Internship in Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Medical Education
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Research & Clinical Interests
Clinical Interests: 
  • Gastroenterology (Digestive)
Lambing JL, Foster LC, Kearney DJ, Barnes MR, Tran TT, Yang BI. Buffers for the Reconstitution of Aspartate Aminotransferase. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 151(2):693-700,1988. [original work]
Sugarbaker DJ, Kearney DJ, Richards WG. Esophageal physiology and pathophysiology. Surgical Clinics of North America, 1993 Dec, 73(6):1101-18.[review]
Kearney DJ, Lee TH, Reilly JJ, De Camp MM, Sugarbaker DJ. Assessment of operative risk in patients undergoing lung resection: Importance of predicted pulmonary function. Chest, 1994 Mar, 105(3):753-9. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Steuerwald, M, Koch J, Cello JP. A Prospective Study of Endoscopy in HIV-Associated Diarrhea. Am J Gastroenterol 1999;94:596-602. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Boes L, Peacock J. Use of a Dried Plasma Card for Simplified Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori Infection. Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 1999; 13: 1531-1534. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Brousal, A. Treatment of Helicobacter pylori in Clinical Practice in the United States: Results from 224 Patients. Digestive Diseases & Sciences 2000 Feb; 45(2): 265-271. [original work]
Treadwell JR, Kearney D, Davila M. Health profile preferences of hepatitis C patients. Dig Dis Sci 2000 Feb; 45(2):345-50. [original work]
Chey W.D., Metz D.C., Shaw S, Kearney D, Montague J., Murthy U. Appropriate timing of the 14C-urea breath test to establish eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2000;95:1171-1174. [original work]
Kao L., Dominitz J., Teicher H., Nguyen T., Kearney, D.J. Modification of a latex glove for the safe endoscopic removal of a sharp gastric foreign body. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2000 July;52 (1): 127-8. [case report]
DJ Kearney, A Avins, KR McQuaid. Cisapride for Patients with Negative Helicobacter pylori Serologies and Dyspepsia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2000;95:2212-2217. [original work]
DJ Kearney, L Boes, J Peacock. Gastric Juice Ammonia Assay for Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori Infection and the Relationship of Ammonia Concentration to Gastritis Severity. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2000;98:3399-3403. [original work]
Kearney DJ. Retreatment of Helicobacter pylori infection following initial treatment failure. American Journal of Gastroenterology 2001;96:135-1339.[review]
Stelzner M. Somasundaram S. Kearney D. A simple method for measuring of intestinal solute transport in mucosal biopsy specimens. Digestive Diseases & Sciences. 46(3):451-6, 2001 Mar
Kearney DJ, Hubbard T, Putnam D. Breath ammonia measurement in Helicobacter pylori infection. Digestive Diseases and Sciences 2002;47:2523-2530. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Liu CF, Crump C, Brousal A. The effect of a Helicobacter pylori treatment strategy on health care expenditures in patients with peptic ulcer disease and dyspepsia. The American Journal of Gastroenterology 2003;98:1952-1962. [original work]
Lee SD, Kearney, DJ. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Gastric Lavage Prior to Endoscopy for Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2004 Nov;38(10):861-865. [original work]
Ioannou, GN, Weiss N, Kearney DJ, The association between Helicobacter pylori seropositivity and body mass index, obesity, and serum leptin levels in the United States, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 2005; 21: 765-772. [original work]
Dubois S, Kearney DJ, Helicobacter pylori infection and Iron Deficiency Anemia: A Review of the Evidence. Am J Gastroenterol 2005;100:453-459. [review]
DuBois, S, Eng, S, Bhattacharya R, Rulyak S, Hubbard T, Putnam D, Kearney DJ Breath Ammonia Testing for Diagnosis of Hepatic Encephalopathy, Digestive Diseases and Sciences 2005;50;1780-84. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Brown-Chang J, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for IBS: Mind-Body Interventions. Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 2008;5(11):624-636.[review]
Kearney DJ, McDermott K, Martinez M, Simpson T. “Association of Participation in a Mindfulness Programme with Bowel Symptoms, Gastrointestinal Symptom-Specific Anxiety, and Quality of Life”, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2011; 34 (3): 363-373. [original work]
Kearney DJ, McDermott K, Malte C, Martinez M, Simpson TL. Association of participation in a mindfulness program with measures of PTSD, depression and quality of life in a veteran sample. Journal of Clinical Psychology 2012; 68(1): 101-116. doi 10.1002/jclp.20853. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Mindfulness meditation for women with irritable bowel syndrome - evidence of benefit from a randomised controlled trial (Commentary). Evidence-Based Nursing 2012; 15 (2): 80-81. DOI: 10.1136/ebnurs-2012-100488. [editorial]
Kearney DJ, Milton M, Malte C, McDermott K, Martinez M, Simpson TL. “Participation in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is Not Associated with Reductions in Emotional Eating or Uncontrolled Eating”, Nutrition Research 2012; 32(6): 413-420. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2012.05.008. [original work]
Kearney DJ, McDermott K, Malte C, Martinez M, Simpson TL. “Effects of Participation in a Mindfulness Program for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study,” Journal of Clinical Psychology; 2012; 69(1):14-27. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.21911. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Malte C, McManus C, Martinez M, Felleman B, Simpson TL. “Loving-Kindness Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study.” 2013; 26(4) 426-34. Journal of Traumatic Stress. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21832. [original work]
Kearney DJ, McManus C, Malte C, Martinez M, Felleman B, Simpson TL. “Loving-Kindness Meditation and the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.” Medical Care; 2014; 51: S32-S38. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000221. [original work]
Martinez M, Kearney DJ, Simpson T, Felleman BI, Bernardi N, Sayre G. "Challenges to Enrollment and Participation in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction among Veterans: A Qualitative Study." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine; 2015; 21(7):1-13. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2014.0324. [original work]
Kearney DJ, Simpson TL. Broadening the Approach to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the Consequences of Trauma. JAMA; 2015; 314 (5): 453-455. [editorial]
Kearney DJ, Simpson TL, Malte C, Felleman B, Martinez M, Hunt, SC. “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Addition to Usual Care is Associated with Improvements in Pain, Fatigue and Cognitive Failures Among Veterans with Gulf War Illness.” American Journal of Medicine, 2016; 129(2): 204-214. doi 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.09.015. [original work]
Felleman BF, Stewart DG, Simpson TL, Heppner PS, Kearney DJ. “Predictors of depression and PTSD treatment response among veterans participating in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.” Mindfulness; 2016; 7(4): 886-895. DOI 10.1007/s12671-016-0527-7 [original work]
Stephenson KR, Simpson TL, Martinez MM, Kearney DJ. “Changes in mindfulness and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among veterans enrolled in mindfulness-based stress reduction.” Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2016; 00: 1-17. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22323 [original work]
Goldberg, S. B., Tucker, R. P., Greene, P. A., Davidson, R. J., Wampold, B. E., Kearney, D.J., & Simpson, T.L. Mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 2018; 59: 52-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2017.10.011
Goldberg, S. B., Tucker, R. P., Greene, P. A., Simpson, T.L., Kearney, D. J., & Davidson, R.J. Is mindfulness research methodology improving over time? A systematic review. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0187298. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187298[original work]
Schure MB, Simpson TL, Martinez M, Sayre G, Kearney DJ. Mindfulness-Based Processes of Healing for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2018 May 7. [original work] doi.org/10.1089/acm.2017.0404
Harding K, Simpson T, Kearney DJ. Reduced Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Following Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Among Veterans. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2018 Dec 1;24(12):1159-65. doi.org/10.1089/acm.2018.0135 [original work]
Goldberg, S. B., Tucker, R. P., Greene, P. A., Simpson, T.L., Kearney, D. J., & Davidson, R.J., What can we learn from randomized clinical trials about the construct validity of self-report measures of mindfulness? A meta-analysis. Mindfulness, 2019; 10: 775-85. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-1032-y [original work]
Goldberg SB, Tucker RP, Greene PA, Davidson RJ, Kearney DJ, Simpson TL. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the treatment of current depressive symptoms: a meta-analysis. Cognitive behaviour therapy. 2019 Feb 7:1-8. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2018.1556330 [original work]
Kearney DJ. Mindfulness training for primary care patients promotes chronic disease self-management behaviours. Evidence-Based Nursing Published Online First: 25 October 2019. doi: 10.1136/ebnurs-2019-103131 [commentary]
Goldberg SB, Riordan KM, Sun S, Kearney DJ, Simpson TL. Efficacy and acceptability of mindfulness-based interventions for military veterans: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2020 p 110232. doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110232 [original work]